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Arts and Cognition

Photo of students during arts and cognition experimentAre you fascinated by how the brain processes art and music? Do you want to learn about the theory behind how people perceive music and art? Are you intrigued by the process of apps like Soundhound, Snapchat and Shazam?

Consider a certificate in Arts and Cognition at Converse.

Program Offered

  • Certificate in Arts and Cognition

About the Certificate in Arts and Cognition

Research in cognitive neuroscience is an expanding and cutting-edge field. Today we are able to measure and quantify almost anything, and scientists are using this data to predict human behavior. Reactions to art and music are especially fascinating and rewarding to explore and study. Many companies are using cognitive neuroscience to create predictive models of consumer behavior for developing their marketing strategies.

Converse’s certificate in Arts and Cognition is designed to complement many of our programs and can be particularly valuable to psychology, art therapy, marketing and music therapy students.

You will have the opportunity to participate in cutting edge neuroscience and cognition research utilizing Converse’s on-campus electroencephalogram (EEG) laboratory. Multiple electives are offered within this certificate so you may design a program relevant to your area of interest.

This twelve-hour certificate incorporates courses in music, art therapy, music therapy and psychology along with graphic design and music media courses. This unique blend is instrumental as you design your art cognition lab experiments since digital images and recordings need to be manipulated and edited. The EEG laboratory experience is a key advantage of the certificate.

Dr. Donald Scott, a Converse College visiting scholar and faculty emeritus (Psychology) from Wofford College, has donated this EEG laboratory to the campus, including an eye movement tracker for our students. Dr. Scott specializes in overseeing our student’s research in this field.

Converse faculty has connections with major research scientists such as Paul Nunez and Ani Patel, and at institutions such as Tulane University, University of California Santa Barbara, University of California Irvine, Stanford University, McGill University, Cornell, Bowman-Gray Medical School, Wake Forest University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This gives Converse Arts and Cognition students ample opportunities for networking in this field.

Upon graduation, you will have an operational grasp of perception, cognition and scientific objectivity as they engage with the arts.

Independent Research

In our on-campus EEG laboratory, you will design experiments, operate equipment, gather data and apply computer hardware and software to analyze the data collection. As part of the lab experience, you’ll get to interact with technology experts, practitioners in professional laboratories and business environments, and with potential employers.

A recent study by Converse faculty and students earned a South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) Research Grant, and a student completing an EEG/eye tracking art study recently presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) conference in Florida.

Converse’s twelve-hour certificate in Arts and Cognition can be completed in one year. The certificate requires basic courses and includes a selection of art and/or psychology courses to be chosen by the student and her faculty advisor.

Multiple electives are offered to design a program relevant to the student’s area of interest with the laboratory experience at the center of the certificate program. Students will work with their advisor to coordinate courses and sequencing in the certificate program.

Visit the undergraduate catalog for current course requirements.